Thanks to your support, in 2010 the ASAP team provided hands-on skills training for 8 children in dressmaking, 18 in hairdressing and 21 in carpentry during November and December. Because of your donation, these 37 children were not turned away; in total ASAP in Zimbabwe provided vocational training for 446 youth through a 3 year project funded by Catholic Relief Services. 162 children attended training in dressmaking, 218 in hairdressing and 66 attended carpentry training.
In 2011, now that the Catholic Relief Services funding is finished, Causemore Samanga reports that the continuing demand for hands-on skill training is very high and girls eager to learn sewing even bring their own materials in order to be able to be considered for the training. Your support and the support of Global Giving is now the primary source of support and is greatly appreciated so these enthusiastic girls will gain the skills needed to live productive lives and become self-supporting. Thank you again.
Tariro’s late father, Mathias Mudawariwo was lead carpenter at ASAP’s carpentry training-with-production center in Zimbabwe – Tinovaka “We Build”. Mathias was a skilled artisan with good leadership skills; when we succumbed to TB in 2000 it was a great loss recalls Tom Arsenault (ASAP’s President).
ASAP has funded primary school fees for his only surviving daughter, Tariro Ruth Mudawariwo, who was born on 17 November 1997. This year we are proud that Tariro has been accepted at St. Dominic’s Secondary school in Mutare to begin her Secondary School education.
Tariro’s mother does her best to provide for her, selling vegetables and sweets and biscuits. The families plight was highlighted by her friend to the local pastor of the United Methodist church who has responded by giving her mother a part time job which earns her $90.00 per month. From this monthly income she pays Water ($35), Firewood ($20) Paraffin( $10) Groceries ($25).
The diet they take comprise of Sadza (maize meal), vegetables and beans. Once a month they have meat or fish. Tariro aspires to study medicine at the university and train as a medical doctor. She is inspired by her cousin named Tatenda Mudawariwo who is a trainee heart surgeon at the University of Zimbabwe.
Tariro feels lonely when her mother is away and she always thinks that it was better if she had a sister or brother to talk to. Tariro is a Christian and she loves playing hockey. She looks confident and speaks politely with a very innocent voice. She looks straight in one’s eyes when talking to her. Your contribution will fill Tariro's days with companionship, education and help to make her future bright and full of hope.
A yearly tradition at BeeHive School is the much-talked about and much anticipated yearly spelling bee contest. This year was a big success and the winners are pictured below. The Spelling Bee took place in BeeHive's new classrooms, which are coming along nicely, but funds are running low.Currently, due to the incomplete classrooms, the school day is split into two shifts, so that the classrooms can be shared. The younger students take class in the morning and the older ones in the afternoon. This is working so far, but it's taking its toll on the teachers and staff and BeeHive is anxious to finish construction.BeeHive’s parents have already donated what they can and even pre-paid their dues for several semesters in order to further construction. Unfortunately, this has not been enough to finish construction.We are asking BeeHive supporters to pledge $10/month for at least one year on the Global Giving site to help with constructing a new bathroom unit at BeeHive.Finally, we’d just like to take a moment and reflect on this past year. BeeHive has seen some very low lows and high highs. At this time last year, BeeHive looked like it was going to be shut-down and an entire community lost, but with the help of so many hopeful and generous people both in Malawi and around the world, BeeHive pulled through and every day is looking brighter and brighter. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us this year. Thank you for your encouragement, thank you for your hope, and thank you for your constant support.